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  1. Mophie iPhone 4 Juice Pack Air External Battery Charger & Case (Thumb)

    Mophie iPhone 4 / 4S Juice Pack Air Charging Case - Refurbished

    Regular Price: $99.99

    $99.99 $24.95

    Mophie Juice Pack Features:

    • The powerful 1500mAh built-in battery effectively extends the battery life of your iPhone 4 / 4S
    • Shock resistant band adds an extra layer of protection
    • Toggle between Charging and Standby with the flick of a switch
    • LED Status Indicator lights display charging mode and current battery life. Know before you go!
    • Charge and sync your iPhone to iTunes without removing it from the juice pack.
    • Easy Access to all Functions, Controls, Speakers and Cameras

    Mophie Juice Pack Times:

    • Up to an additional 6 hours of talk time on 3G
    • Up to an additional 12 hours of talk time on 2G
    • Up to an additional 5 hours of internet use on 3G
    • Up to an additional 9 hours of internet use on WiFi
    • Up to an additional 36 hours of audio playback
    • Up to an additional 9 hours of video playback
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  2. Mophie Juice Pack Plus (Front View)

    Mophie iPhone 4 / 4S Juice Pack Plus Charging Case - Black - Refurbished

    Regular Price: $119.95

    $119.95 $29.95

    With the Mophie Juice Pack Plus, you get more time to rock, talk, surf, and send, all while protecting your Apple iPhone 4 or 4S! The Juice Pack is a rechargeable external battery and case with a 2000 mAh capacity made exclusively for the Apple iPhone 4 or 4S. The Juice Pack Plus offers you the convenience of a fully protective form-fitting case with an extended built-in rechargeable battery for your Apple iPhone 4 or 4S all in an ultra-thin, light-weight, low profile design.

     

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  3. Mophie iPhone 3G / 3Gs Juice Pack Air (Front View)

    Mophie iPhone 3G / 3Gs Juice Pack Air - Black (Refurbished)

    Regular Price: $79.99

    $79.99 $13.95

    The Mophie Juice Pack Air gives you more time to rock, talk, surf and send! The Mophie Juice Pack Air is a rechargeable external battery case with a 1200 mAh capacity for the Apple iPhone 3G and 3Gs. The Mophie Juice Pack Air offers you the convenience of a fully protective form-fitting case with an extended built-in rechargeable battery for your iPhone 3G / 3Gs all in an ultra-thin, light-weight, low profile design.

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  4. PowerA Nintendo 3DS Explorer Starter Kit - Black (Thumb)

    PowerA Nintendo 3DS Explorer Starter Kit - Black

    Regular Price: $49.99

    $49.99 $9.95

    Complete your gaming experience with the PowerA Nintendo 3DS Explorer Starter Kit. This kit will cover your Nintendo 3DS on all ends – whether you’re speeding your way through Grand Theft Auto or showcasing your football skills on the latest Madden NFL game, all the accessories you’ll need are right here. The 8-pack kit includes headphones, a sturdy black pocket pouch, car adapter, cleaning cloth, two screen protectors and two retractable styluses. Take your Nintendo 3DS to the next level with the PowerA Explorer Starter Kit today!

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  5. PowerA Nintendo 3DS Explorer Starter Kit - Black (Thumb)

    PowerA Nintendo 3DS Explorer Starter Kit - Black (Bulk)

    Regular Price: $49.99

    $49.99 $7.95

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    The PowerA Nintendo 3DS Explorer Starter Kit Features:

    • Secure case with zipper protects your system and up to 3 of your favorite Nintendo 3DS Game Cards.
    • Includes: system case, ear buds, car adapter, executive stylus, replacement stylus, cleaning cloth and two screen protectors.
    • Officially licensed Nintendo product developed by POWER A.
    • Nintendo 3DS system, games and other accessories sold separately.
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A compatible charger is an essential device for any cell phone user. No surprise there. But less obvious are the differences between charger types and the terminology used to describe them:

Since it's introduction in the mid 1990's, USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard mode of connection for a host of consumer electronics, mobile phones being no exception.

Many phones manufactured in the last decade feature Mini-USB connections. Mini-USBs are approximately 3 x 7 mm in size and have recently fallen out of favor among manufacturers.

Micro-USB was introduced in 2007, and by 2009 was accepted by the vast majority of cell phone manufacturers as the standard mode of connection. Micro-USB is somewhat smaller than its mini counterpart (1.8 x 6.8 mm), and is also rated for higher transfer speeds.

A number of manufacturers have, at one point or another, developed there own unique USB connection ports and cables. In recent years, however, the vast majority have switched to some variety of universal USB connection, with Apple being the one notable exception. Apple's cables and ports feature proprietary 30-pin connections, which, in addition to providing USB connectivity, also feature HDMI and Analog Audio transfer.

A compatible charger is an essential device for any cell phone user. No surprise there. But less obvious are the differences between charger types and the terminology used to describe them. Here we'll look at the few common variations, and outline what you'll need to know when purchasing a replacement:

Charging Ports and Connections

Since it's introduction in the mid 1990's, USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard mode of connection for a host of consumer electronics, mobile phones being no exception. The reasoning is simple; USB allows for the transfer of both data and power, often simultaneously, so a single port will take care of all of the major transfer requirements of a phone. While plug size and shape varies, USB cables almost always feature the same receptacle:

Mini-USB

Many phones manufactured in the last decade feature Mini-USB connections. Mini-USBs are approximately 3 x 7 mm in size and have recently fallen out of favor among manufacturers.

Micro-USB

Micro-USB was introduced in 2007, and by 2009 was accepted by the vast majority of cell phone manufacturers as the standard mode of connection. Micro-USB is somewhat smaller than its mini counterpart (1.8 x 6.8 mm), and is also rated for higher transfer speeds.

Unique or Proprietary Connections

A number of manufacturers have, at one point or another, developed there own unique USB connection ports and cables. In recent years, however, the vast majority have switched to some variety of universal USB connection, with Apple being the one notable exception. Apple's cables and ports feature proprietary 30-pin connections, which, in addition to providing USB connectivity, also feature HDMI and Analog Audio transfer. If you use an Apple device (an iPhone, iPod, or iPad), you'll need a charger designed specifically for Apple products, or an Apple-specific adapter. Certain older phones from Samsung, LG, and others also feature unique connections, and will require brand-specific connectors.

Other Charging Solutions

Charging Pads

Relatively new among charging technologies are charging pads (commonly known as Powermats), which employ wireless energy transfer technology to eliminate the need for wires and efficiently charge a number of devices simultaneously. Charging pads also tend to include a mechanism that cuts off the transfer of energy once a battery has reached full capacity, so you won't need to worry about overcharging your devices.

In the next few years, charging pads will likely begin appearing in a number of automobiles, eliminating the need for conventional chargers and potentially increasing the number of devices that may be charged simultaneously. Of course, until then, standard car chargers provide a simple way charging on the go. Car chargers are available in specific and universal models, and those designed for USB charging devices often feature a removable cable, allowing for easy substitution and broad compatibility.

Portable Chargers and Charging Cases

Also relatively new are charging cases--smart cases designed with built-in battery technology to both increase the life of your phone's battery as well as prevent capacity loss from over- and under-charging. Portable chargers, too, offer a simple way of adding to your phone's life when you're travelling or simply too busy to plug it in. Typically small and lightweight, they charge through the same mechanism as your phone, and often store enough energy to more than double your phone's life.

Solar Chargers

For those who really don't want to rely on a typical electrical connection to keep their phone alive, solar chargers offer another creative charging solution. Solar chargers feature one or more small solar panels, typically attached via a dock, that collect and store energy garnered from sunlight. Solar chargers can, for this reason, provide a sustainable source of energy for those who need to stay connected on trips deep into the wilderness, or for anyone looking to save a little on energy costs.

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